Press Release: Graduate Center Adds Two Leading Professors to its Impressive Faculty Roster

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York is pleased to announce the appointment of two acclaimed scholars to its already distinguished faculty: Saul Kripke to the Ph.D. Program in Philosophy and Kenneth Tobin to the recently formed Ph.D. Program in Urban Education.

One of the country’s foremost philosophers, Saul Kripke, a visiting professor at The Graduate Center since the spring of 2002, has now been appointed professor of philosophy. In 2001 Professor Kripke won the Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy which is given by the Swedish Academy of Sciences and is the equivalent in its field to the Nobel Prize. Known for delivering brilliantly clear lectures without notes, Professor Kripke rarely writes for publication, but some of his lectures have been recorded and transcribed into highly significant, influential publications. A prodigy in his field—before gaining his B.A. he was giving lectures on logic to MIT graduate students— his early work focussed on technical issues in href="" target="_blank">modal logic. In 1972, Naming and Necessity—a series of lectures—was published and, according to the London Review of Books, “...stood analytic philosophy on its ear.” Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language, also the subject of much debate, was published in 1982 and has generated a new industry in Wittgenstein scholarship. One of the most cited philosophers in America, Professor Kripke’s work has been the subject of several books and numerous dissertations. He was educated at Harvard University were he was a Junior Fellow and lecturer from1963-1967. He was a faculty member of Rockefeller University (1967-1976), John Locke Lecturer at Oxford University, and A. D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University from 1977-83. He recently retired from Princeton University, where he spent much of his career since 1976.

Recognized as a significant researcher on issues related to science education and teacher education—particularly in urban schools—Kenneth Tobin has been appointed professor in the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education at The Graduate Center. Professor Tobin’s book At the Elbow of Another: Learning to Teach Through Coteaching (with W. M. Roth, Peter Lang Publishing, 2002) won a 2002 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title. As a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, his experience as a teacher educator is deeply grounded in science, as well as in the social science of education. Over the past five years, his research has focused on the teaching of science in urban high schools to predominantly African American students. Tobin comes to The Graduate Center from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was professor of education and director of teacher education. He was previously on the faculty of Florida State University (1987-1997) where he was the director of the Institute of Educational Advancement. Also while a professor at FSU, he planned and implemented a master’s degree program for elementary and middle school teachers in urban schools in Miami. He was a Senior Lecturer at Western Australian Institute of Technology and began his career as a science teacher in Australian junior and senior high schools.

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Submitted on: SEP 1, 2003

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